Hiroshima + Miyajima

We left Kagoshima this morning at 9 and caught the train to Hiroshima.

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It was a beautiful day! Too bad we couldn’t see the volcano on the bus tour today instead of yesterday 😦

We stopped at a convenience store along the way so we feasted for breakfast!

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Some sort of delicious “green” flavored roll with caramel filling for me.

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Chicken on a stick (surprisingly real and very tasty!) For Abe.

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And finished off the bread and cheese.

When we got to Hiroshima, we stowed our bags in a coin locker and headed to the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park.

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Damn hat.

Visiting Hiroshima was incredibly humbling. The amount of devastation was evident, especially walking through the museum and seeing the Atomic Bomb Dome.

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We thought it would be callous (and maybe in bad taste?) to take pictures of our smiling selves in front of the sites, so we somberly took pictures of the different monuments.

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Aioi Bridge- the main target of the attack.

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We assume this was a shrine to those that suffered from radiation poisoning, because it causes incredible thirst.

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Children’s Peace Monument

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Cenotaph for the A-bomb victims, (then behind it:) Flame of Peace, Atomic Bomb Dome

We went into the museum next and read all about Hiroshima’s history and the events leading up to the dropping off the bomb.

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And various artifacts from the people/places affected by the bomb.

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Granite after the extreme heat.

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A watch stopped at the time of the bombing,  8:15 am.

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A chimney that somehow survived despite everything around it crumbling.

There were also very gruesome pictures of badly burned people and some of the lasting effects of the radiation. It was very sad and hard to wrap your mind around.

After the museum we decided to go to a fast food place, (like a Japanese Burger King maybe?) Lotteria, so Abe could try this ramen burger he’s been eyeing.

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He wasn’t too sure about it at first, but seemed to like it more and more as he kept eating it.

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It came with a soup/sauce that you dipped the burger in.

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I got a shrimp burger and it was actually quite tasty.

After lunch, we picked up our bags and caught the train to the ferry to the island of Miyajima.

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The island is SO COOL! Like a nicer, Japanese version of Catalina Island. With very friendly deer.

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We checked in to our hotel, Kikunoya Hotel, which was WAY nicer than we expected.

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We made the reservation 2 days ago on Booking.com and didn’t really know what to expect. It had great reviews and was pretty affordable!

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Buuut our room is small!

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Number 208! lol We don’t mind!!

We headed out to see the sights:

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Itsukushima O – torri Gate

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Standing near the torri gate at low tide. Itsukushima Shinto Shrine in the background.

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We found the deer hideout!

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Pony shrine!

We decided to get something to eat so that we could watch the sun set over the gate and see high tide. We found steamed buns that seemed like a nice change of pace.

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And we ate them by the water until the deer CHASED US!! Seriously, they chased Abe until he shoved the rest of his dinner in his mouth and showed them his empty hands.

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One took his shirt in his mouth and ripped a hole in it! I guess they weren’t digging the wolf shirt…

Then we got ice cream and a specialty here, momoji. It’s like filled cake.

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So happy!!!!! I wanted ice cream all day.
Time for sunset.

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We went back to the hotel and showered/soaked (the hotel has its own onsen!) And then headed back out to see it at night.

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This is just such a gorgeous, amazing place. We took SO many more pictures on the big camera, so I’ll have to add them later. We’re getting up early tomorrow to run up to a lookout point before we head out to Kyoto. I’m sure it’ll be an amazing view!

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